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proofer box can also be made of reptilian tank materials?

koloatree's picture

proofer box can also be made of reptilian tank materials?

hi, i was just wondering ( btw i am new to baking bread but have collected many books over the 3 yrs) if i can make a proofer out of a fish tank, heat lamp, with a sponge in a bowl for humidity. it seems from all of my reading, constant temp of 80 degrees is optimal for proofing, but how about humidity? i know i could also use a large plasitic bin and bulb and that still could be a possible option for me.

 im planning to go for a materials hunt saturday to begin my trek for creating the best breads, bagels, and pizza.



Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

And congratulations! Glad you've got your thinking cap on but frankly, your question did a dynamite job of, well, to put it bluntly, grossing me out. Gosh I hope... Please use new materials and not any used stuff that came out of a occupied reptile cubicle. I don't know how hygienic that would be. I have myself thought of using water in a food cooler with an aquarium heater. Somehow, it doesn't paint the same picture though. Sounds interesting, careful a regular light bulb can get very hot. Good Luck! :)

Mini O

koloatree's picture

i was planning on buying new. but after thinkning things, i think the easiest would be the large plastic walmart bins.

ehanner's picture

Here is a link to Samartha's site where he has been experimenting with the detmold-3 stage starter. He uses a combination of 3 pre set aquarium heaters to control water temps as he builds his starters. I have tried this method using plastic bins and it works great.


carol27's picture

There's no need to buy anything if you have an oven with a light. 

Place your dough(covered by plastic wrap)in a turned off oven and put the light on.  The temperature will be a constant 78 to 80 degrees.

Rosalie's picture

Oven with light is my favorite incubator.  Works great for yogurt and buttermilk, too.  Though I had to replace the light twice in the last couple of months - the first one must have been a lemon.


Sar's picture

Hey, my BF is a Baker and I'm helping him get his home based baking started...

We need a Proofer by  Jan because we're expecting alot more biz due to some Jobs he's current;y baking. But I need to make sure its very cheap, but also good, and sanitary. Can't a meatle box with a door be usd as a proofer? I mean they have lightbulbs now you can just stick to any surface.